The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa
(Penguin Classics)

80%

8 Critic Reviews

Readers with a particular interest in modernism will find this work indispensable.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

With its astounding hardcover reviews Richard Zenith's new complete translation of THE BOOK OF DISQUIET has now taken on a similar iconic status to ULYSSES, THE TRIAL or IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME as one of the greatest but also strangest modernist texts. An assembly of sometimes linked fragments, it is a mesmerising, haunting 'novel' without parallel in any other culture.
 

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Fernando Pessoa, 1888 - 1935 Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa was born in Lisbon. His father died when he was young and his mother married the Portuguese consul in Durban in South Africa where they lived from 1896 to 1951. During this time, Pessoa became fluent in English and was educated in Cape Town and Lisbon. Pessoa was employed as a business correspondent and also as a commercial translator. The bulk of his work was published in literary magazines, especially in his own Athena. His first book, "Antinous," appeared in 1918 and was followed by two other collection of poems, all written in English. In 1933, he published "Mensagem" his first book in Portuguese. "Livro Do Dessossogego (The Book of Disquiet)" the "factless autobiography" was written under the name of Bernardo Soares and appeared for the first time in 1982, almost fifty years after his death. Pessoa died on November 30, 1935 in Lisbon. Other writings that were published posthumously and translated into several languages include "Poesias de Fernando Pessoa" (1942), Poesias de Alvaro de Campos" (1944), Poemas de Alberto Caeiro" (1946), and "Odes de Ricardo Reis" (1946).
 
Published May 30, 2002 by Penguin. 544 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for The Book of Disquiet
All: 8 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Good

Profound and moving: a work of immense, quiet power.

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Guardian

Good
on Oct 17 2010

It's an odd, occasionally exasperating and sometimes beautiful book and one that will be your friend at 3am on a sleepless night.

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Publishers Weekly

Good

Readers with a particular interest in modernism will find this work indispensable.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average

Perpetually unclassifiable and unfinished book of self-reflective fragments.

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LA Times

Good
Reviewed by Richard Eder on Jun 20 1991

There are sparks of lightning in Pessoa's clouds and cloudiness; it is a matter of placing ourselves beside the book and waiting, with some patience, to be struck. One will be.

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The Bookbag

Good
on Apr 29 2010

If you are of a contemplative disposition, then this may well be one of those books that truly changes how you see things.

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Watermark Books And Cafe

Excellent

The Book of Disquiet is one of the greatest works of the twentieth century.

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Prague Post

Above average
on Jul 27 2011

This would be dreary reading were it not for Pessoa's exquisite style.

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